This publication shows educational or workforce destinations of key stage 4 (KS4) and key stage 5 (KS5) students.
This statistical release on destination measures shows the percentage of students progressing to further learning in a school, further education or sixth-form college, apprenticeship, work-based learning provider or higher education (HE) institution. It also shows, for the first time, the percentage of students moving into employment/training, recorded as ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEET) or accepting a deferred offer into higher education (including gap year students).
Two destination measures are being published to show the destinations of young people the year after KS4 and the year after taking A level or other level 3 qualifications (KS5):
- the key stage 4 measure is based on activity at academic age 16 (ie the year after the young person finished compulsory schooling)
- the key stage 5 measure is based on activity in the year after the young person took their A level or other level 3 qualification(s)
To be included in the measure, young people have to show sustained participation in an education or employment destination in all of the first 2 terms of the year after they completed KS4 or took A level or other level 3 qualifications. The first 2 terms are defined as October to March.
The statistics are published as ‘experimental statistics’ and do not display the National Statistics logo. They are still being evaluated and remain subject to further testing to determine their reliability and ability to meet customer needs. The figures should be treated with caution as this is the first year for which employment, young people NEET and deferred HE offer data have been produced. As improvements are made to the methodology, data quality will be assessed to establish whether the statistics meet the quality standards for National Statistics.
- 89% of young people were recorded as being in a sustained education or employment/training destination in the year after KS4
69% of young people were recorded as being in a sustained education or employment/training destination in the year after they took their A Level or other level 3 qualification(s) (KS5)
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